About Me

About Me

Why should I be working on your website?

  • I have the degree: Computer Science degree from University of Maryland, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
  • I have the time: Retired in December 2018.
  • I have the experience: 34 year career in the intelligence community, specializing in software development, project management and financials.

Have built numerous inter and intranet-based websites, ranging from:

  • flagging prescription fraud for humans as well as animals,
  • to integrating special dispensation in the IRS Tax Form Processing system to flag spouses of victims of extreme events, such as a plane crash or terrorist attack, from ever being harassed by the IRS for failure to file a tax return,
  • to analyzing the message traffic degradation between Navy ships during Desert Storm (using a handmade cable between an AN/UYK-44 and a laptop, with a baudot to ASCII conversion routine for translation),
  • to building https://www.gsaadvantage.gov, one of the largest eCommerce sites in the world,
  • to building the FBI’s VGTOF (Violet Gangs and Terrorists Organization File),
  • to analyzing the nexus between illicit wildlife trafficking and the funding of terrorism (per Presidential Executive Order),
  • to performing financial forensics in Amazon’s Cloud Access Portal (CAP) to identify root causes for cost increases,
  • to building the classified package-tracking system, Defense Courier Automated Management System (DCAMS), for the Defense Courier Service, integrating barcoding technology for the first time,
  • to using XML tagging for keyword scanning of raw intel cables which automated and expedited the identification of cables of interest,
  • to flagging terrorists by their name(s) on the FBI Watchlist every time you take a flight.

I really enjoy the technical and creative aspects of building a website, which when combined, make it informative, intuitive and visually appealing – without the need to chase down bad actors at the same time.

Have Taught Computer Classes

When I worked for Texas Instruments, I became a certified instructor.  I spent decades teaching computer classes, ranging from UNIX scripting to java programming to Oracle Database development.  I’ve developed numerous users guides and online support pages.  I’ve spent my career taking complex technical topics and breaking them down into easy-to-understand and visually appealing Microsoft Powerpoint slides for my Government senior leadership.

Today

Today, I live in a 40-year-old log cabin on top of a mountain, bordering Shenandoah National Park – with excellent WiFi.  I live with my long-time partner, Mark, who is a professional landscape photographer.


Header Photo

The header photo is a sunset off the West Coast of Olympic National Park, Washington State.

I chose the photo because I liked the colors; I liked that the island is rooted in 30 feet of stone, so it has a solid foundation; and I liked it because it looks like a cool place that you’d want to go and explore.  These are also good reasons to visit and explore a website.